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1 Nicholas Parkinson is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York and a PhD student of Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University

 

Interview with

Yevgeniy Fiks

Interviewed by Nicholas Parkinson,1  fall 2012

nick.k.parkinson@gmail.com

Cold War Traumas Revisited:

Yevgeniy Fiks on Diego Rivera,

Modern Art, and the Division of Art and Politics in America

 

 

James Wagner. Communist Tour of MoMA, 2010. Digital photograph.
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Introduction

fig.V4.cap12.jpgorn in Moscow, Yevgeniy  Fiks is a New York-based  conceptual  artist whose work often touches upon the complicated history surrounding the relationship between the US and the Left as it manifested itself both within the USSR and on the US’ own soil. On February  5th, 2012, Yevgeniy  Fiks led a performative tour through New York City’s Museum of Modern  Art titled “Communist  Tour of MoMA.” The performance  took place in tangent with the museum’s  exhibition, Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art, which  revisited Rivera’s famous  exhibition  in 1931-32.   Fiks’ performance highlights the integral connection between modern art and the Left, exposing  its participants to a side of modern art which often goes unheard –and sometimes due to deliberately  plugged ears– within the US.

     NP: What inspired you to develop your “Communist Tour of MoMA” andmore specifically how did you get involved  with the Diego Rivera: Mural for the Museum of Modern Art exhibition?

     YF: I came up with the idea for a “Communist Tour of MoMA” as a continuation of my earlier project “Communist Guide to New York City,” which was a series of photographs of

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